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  • Trevor Ariza gets 13 pts, four steals in win
    Trevor Ariza had 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, three assists and four steals to help the Houston defeat the visiting Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: Ariza is coming off a career-best season in which he averaged 14.4 points, 2.3 triples, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He was playing in a contract year while absorbing easy 3-point attempts courtesy of John Wall, however, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to repeat those stellar numbers. As the unquestioned starting SF in an up-tempo offense he's still worth a pick in the middle rounds.
    Today, 8:00 pm
  • Gary Neal cooling off as Hornets' reserve
    In 21 minutes off the Hornets bench on Sunday, Gary Neal scored six points with seven rebounds, three assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Neal was red-hot in his first four preseason games but has since gone cold, and his reality as a fantasy option lies somewhere in between. As long as Charlotte's starting backcourt is healthy, there's no reason to give him any thought him in typical formats.
    Today, 7:57 pm
  • James Harden sinks 2-of-12 FGs, 10-of-11 FTs
    James Harden finished Sunday's game with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, making 10-of-11 FTs but only 2-of-12 FGs in 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: He missed a few days with a minor hip injury but looked good vs. the Warriors, and the injury isn't a concern heading into the regular season. Harden vowed to improve his defense this year but fantasy owners will be happy if he keeps up the offensive fireworks -- he's averaged at least 25 points, 2.3 triples and 5.8 assists during his two seasons with Houston, while racking up phenomenal weighted-FT percentages.
    Today, 7:55 pm
  • Pau Gasol's back no issue in 15 & 10 game
    Pau Gasol (back) finished Sunday's exhibition victory with 15 points on 7-of-16 shooting, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and five turnovers.

    Advice: His back injury was never serious and the veteran big man will be ready to start alongside Joakim Noah on opening night. Whether he's on the court to finish games during the regular season is another question -- Gasol said recently that he wants to play in the fourth quarter, but coach Tom Thibodeau has shown a preference for the defensive pairing of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. Either way, Gasol's current ADP of 60.7 gives him considerable upside in fantasy leagues.
    Today, 7:39 pm
  • Anthony Morrow scores 14 points as starter
    Anthony Morrow struggled from downtown in Sunday's home loss, going 0-of-5 from deep, but he still finished with 14 points and two assists in 31 minutes

    Advice: The good news is that Morrow still launched five 3-pointers and got solid playing time, which will be the bedrock of his fantasy value this season. He's worth a look as a perimeter specialist and may even earn a starting job on opening night, but be mindful that his role will shrink when Kevin Durant (foot) returns to action.
    Today, 6:46 pm
  • Jordan Farmar leaves w/ lower-back nerve pain
    Jordan Farmar sat out the end of Saturday's game with tightness in his lower back, which he described as nerve pain that travels from his lower back to his hip.

    Advice: "We’ll see, but I think I’ll be OK," Farmar said. "I work really hard trying to keep everything ready to go for the season, so that’s what we’re shooting for." The prospect of lower-back nerve damage is unsettling and it's hard not to think about Steve Nash or even 23-year-old John Jenkins, who had lower-back/leg pain in early 2014 and wound up having season-ending surgery in February. For now we'll assume that Farmar is day-to-day with the injury, but deep-league owners should keep a close eye on the injury report.
    Today, 6:28 pm
  • Russell Westbrook w/ apparent wrist injury
    Russell Westbrook (wrist) scored 11 points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal before exiting Sunday's game after 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Westbrook seemed to tweak his wrist just before exiting, but there are no indications that it's a meaningful injury. He shot 3-of-12 from the field with five turnovers against a makeshift Wolves' starting lineup, so it wasn't his finest hour.
    Today, 6:07 pm
  • Jeremy Lin sits out again w/ sprained ankle
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) will sit out Sunday's exhibition, as expected, allowing A.J. Price to start at PG.

    Advice: Lin is likely to start at PG even if Steve Nash's nerve damage subsides prior to opening night, which seems very doubtful. He averaged 15.6 points, 1.4 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals on a 36-minute-per-game basis with Houston last year, which should set fantasy owners' expectations for 2014-15.
    Today, 4:59 pm
  • Lakers expected to waive C Jeremy Tyler
    The Lakers are expected to waive C Jeremy Tyler, allowing him to sign a contract in China.

    Advice: Tyler appeared in three preseason games, averaging 2.7 points in 9.3 minutes per game, and he was never likely to make L.A.'s regular-season roster.
    Today, 4:49 pm
  • Eric Gordon (back) expected to play Monday
    Eric Gordon (back) is expected to return to the lineup on Monday against the Wizards.

    Advice: He is easily one of the most injury-prone players in the league but it is good to see that he is healthy enough to play in this preseason game. If you want to take a flier on him, he will more than likely be available in the later rounds.
    Today, 3:45 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) out on Sunday
    Nick Collison (ankle) will sit out on Sunday Vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: His ankle isn't serious and the Thunder are just going to be cautious with him considering this is just preseason. Regardless, ignore him on draft day.
    Today, 3:22 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) returns on Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) returned to action during the NBA's first 44-minute game but went scoreless in five minutes.

    Advice: The man they call Crash is finally getting over a bruised knee but he won't have a big enough role on this Celtics team to matter in almost any format. Ignore Wallace on draft day.
    Today, 2:39 pm
  • Brandon Bass impresses off bench Sunday
    Brandon Bass was impressive off the bench for the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting and adding six rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, and one block.

    Advice: He looked great but starter Jared Sullinger played even better by posting 21 points and 19 boards. Bass may carve out a nice role off the bench this season but he won't be worth drafting in almost any format.
    Today, 2:36 pm
  • Cole Aldrich benched as NYK explore options
    Cole Aldrich hasn't played in the Knicks' past two exhibitions because coach Derek Fisher wanted to give more minutes to Jason Smith.

    Advice: "Cole’s been solid and has done everything we’re asking him to do, so it wasn’t a demotion or any reason related to his performance," Fisher said. "Just continuing to try and find the best way to put our team together." The Knicks' frontcourt isn't overflowing with reliable options, featuring Andrea Bargnani, Amare Stoudemire, Samuel Dalembert and the oft-injured Jason Smith, so Aldrich at least has a chance to crack the rotation.
    Today, 1:14 pm
  • Kris Humphries (hand) to be examined Monday
    Kris Humphries (hand) will have his surgically-repaired hand examined on Monday.

    Advice: He is making good progress and we should know more after tomorrow's consultation. He is still expected to be out until late October at the earliest. He is not recommended for standard leagues at the moment.
    Today, 11:46 am
  • Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) making progress
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is making progress in his recovery and was seen taking jumpers at practice Sunday.

    Advice: We expect him back very soon but he should still be considered questionable for opening night. Rice Jr. has a great chance to carve out a significant role in the Wizard's offense with Bradley Beal out so he may be worth a flier late in standard leagues.
    Today, 11:43 am
  • Paul Pierce (knee bruise) held out Sunday
    Paul Pierce (knee bruise) was held out of practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during Friday's game and was eventually cleared to return. He's not expected to play in Monday's exhibition but should be ready to go for the season opener, and his 3-point shooting alone makes him a solid pick in the later rounds.
    Today, 11:40 am
  • Maurice Harkless: From Bambi to Buck
    Maurice Harkless is feeling more confident than ever heading into his third NBA season.

    Advice: "Back in the day, Kyle [O'Quinn] and (former Magic point guard) Jameer [Nelson] used to call me 'Bambi.' Now, they think I’m a full-grown deer,’’ Harkless said. "It’s like night and day for me now. Back then [as a rookie in the 2012-13 season], I was timid because it was my first time ever to play at this level... But now with a lot more experience, I feel a lot more confident about everything." Harkless' limited offensive game limits his fantasy value greatly, so while he may be more confident now, he's still not someone to target in standard leagues.
    Today, 10:18 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) nearing a return
    Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) has been playing confidently and without hesitation during the Pistons' practices.

    Advice: "Physically, he looks fine and he's got great confidence. He doesn't seem to have hesitation on anything," said Stan Van Gundy. Perhaps Dinwiddie's impending return is the reason the Pistons felt comfortable shipping out backup point guard Will Bynum in their recent trade for Joel Anthony, and it's impressive that he's recovered so quickly from ACL surgery. However, Dinwiddie will enter a very crowded backcourt rotation in Detroit, and he should only be monitored in deeper leagues.
    Today, 9:59 am
  • Amir Johnson says ankle/foot is fine
    Amir Johnson said that his ankle/foot is fine, and the team simply kept him out of the second half of Friday's game as a precaution.

    Advice: Johnson has a bit of a history with ankle injuries, but it appears everything will be fine moving forward, and the team was just being cautious during a meaningless preseason game. He also did not participate during Sunday's practice. Johnson averaged 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks last season with the Raptors, and he's worthy of a late-round selection in standard leagues.
    Today, 9:41 am
  • Pau Gasol won't be happy on bench during 4Q
    Pau Gasol stated during a recent interview that he does not want to be benched during the closing minutes of games.

    Advice: "You always like to be in the last minutes of a game when the game is on the line,’’ Gasol said. "It’s good to be put in that position, and it makes you feel like your coach trusts you to do the best things out there on both ends of the floor... Obviously I would like to be on the floor when the game is on the line. That’s what I’ve been getting paid for my entire career, and that’s what I will continue to do." It'll be interesting to see who plays during the final minutes of games for head coach Tom Thibodeau, but it's worth noting that Gasol is much better defensive player than Carlos Boozer. Taj Gibson was Thibedeau's guy last season, and his value will take a hit if he's no longer closing out games for the Bulls.
    Today, 8:31 am
  • Jeremy Lin's end in HOU not how he envisioned
    Jeremy Lin's exit from Houston was not how he envisioned it, but he's not bitter towards the franchise that traded him for close to nothing.

    Advice: "When I first got [to Houston], I was supposed to be the guy and they were supposed to kind of hand the torch to me," said Lin. "And I ended up getting traded away basically for nothing. Actually, they had to give up a draft pick to convince someone else to take me. Pretty much given away for nothing. Definitely not how I envisioned it." Jeremy Lin is now in a much better situation in LA, and with Steve Nash unable to stay healthy, Lin will see heavy minutes in the Lakers' rotation. He makes for an excellent late-round selection with plenty of upside.
    Today, 7:28 am
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) available on Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) will be available for Sunday's game vs. Brooklyn.

    Advice: Wallace hasn't had a fantasy relevant season since 2012, and we're not expecting a sudden turnaround. He's extremely injury prone, and just isn't capable of putting up meaningful stat lines anymore. Feel free to ignore Wallace in all formats come draft day.
    Today, 6:32 am
  • Report: Will Bynum may never suit up for BOS
    If the Celtics cannot trade Will Bynum, it is very likely that they will waive him, according to sources.

    Advice: The Celtics are looking for a trade to either improve their team, or create more roster flexibility for the future, but Bynum doesn't look to be a part of their future plans. It's unlikely that Bynum finds himself in a situation this season where he will have any fantasy value, and he can be ignored in all leagues come draft day.
    Today, 6:16 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins turns it over nine times
    DeMarcus Cousins turned the ball over nine times in 26 minutes on Saturday with 19 points, 12 boards, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: The turnovers were a bit much and he did have 4.0 turnovers per game in limited action before tonight. Cousins is still going to be a monster for fantasy owners and is worth a look at the end of the first round.
    Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 23 on 12 FGAs
    Jamal Crawford was terrific in his 36 minutes of action on Saturday with 23 points, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He's coming off a 25-point game on Friday and is so hot right now. Crawford has been a little streaky, which is not unusual for a shooting guard. Crawford ate like was at a buffet while Chris Paul and J.J. Redick were out last season, but he's probably going to more of a late-round asset due to his lack of multiple-category lines.
    Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Brandon Rush says he's fine on Saturday
    Brandon Rush said on Saturday that he's fine after his back injury on Friday.

    Advice: He said he originally hurt it while doing some weight lifting and he's questionable for Sunday. Rush has no fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Cory Joseph has a nice game vs. Miami
    Cory Joseph scored 14 points in the starting lineup during a 111-108 overtime loss to the Heat, adding five rebounds, three assists and one turnover.

    Advice: With Patty Mills (shoulder) out until January, Joseph is going to get minutes. He's not worth drafting now, but will be worth a look should Tony Parker, who rested tonight, miss games.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) expected to play Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) is expected to be ready to suit up on Sunday against Brooklyn.

    Advice: He is recovering from a bone bruise in his knee and looks like he is ready to join the fight for rotational minutes at SF and PF for the Celtics. He isn't going to have a large enough role to matter in most leagues so he is not worth drafting in almost any format.
    Yesterday, 1:32 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) unlikely for Sunday's game
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is unlikely to suit up for Sunday's exhibition against the Jazz.

    Advice: He was spotted getting up some jumpers at Saturday's practice which is a good indication that he is making progress from his recently sprained ankle. We expect him to be ready for the season opener and the Lakers are just being cautious at the moment. Lin projects as a solid late-round selection as he should see plenty of minutes in LA's backcourt this season.
    Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Will Bynum (hamstring) out for preseason
    Will Bynum (hamstring) is expected to miss the last two preseason games for the Boston Celtics.

    Advice: There is still a very good chance that he gets waived by the Celtics if they can't strike another deal to move him. At this point, Bynum has almost no fantasy value until his situation changes.
    Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • Morrow steps into the starting lineup
    Anthony Morrow (ankle) stepped into the starting lineup in Friday's 109-90 preseason loss to the Raptors, scoring 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including three treys) with two rebounds, four assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Morrow looks like the guy to own between he and Jeremy Lamb and looks like the starting small forward on Opening Night. Whether he starts or not, the Thunder desperately need his outside shooting and he's a solid bet for 25-plus minutes per night at least until Kevin Durant returns.
    Friday, 10:43 pm
  • Neal finally cools off in Friday's win
    Gary Neal finally cooled off with four points on just 2-of-12 shooting with three assists and six turnovers in a 31-minute start on Friday.

    Advice: Neal wasn't breaking down any doors with his preseason surge but in deeper formats he has been well worth watching. He started tonight, but will come off the bench when the games start to count.
    Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Rush misses second half with back spasms
    Brandon Rush exited Friday's preseason game against the Heat before the second half due to back spasms and did not return.

    Advice: Rush is on the long road back from a serious knee injury and as a result tightness due to game action isn't too surprising. His services are particularly valuable to the Warriors while Shaun Livingston gets back on track from a toe injury.
    Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Johnson leaves game with sore left foot
    Amir Johnson left Friday's preseason game against the Thunder with a sore left foot and did not return.

    Advice: Johnson has a history of ankle injuries and a sore foot would fall in line with what we've seen in the past. Should the injury be anything serious, owners will want to bump Patrick Patterson up on their cheat sheets. For now, hang tight until we get our next update.
    Friday, 7:43 pm
  • Pierce calls it an early night after scare
    Paul Pierce hit the ground hard just before halftime of Friday's exhibition and started clutching his knee, but after being assisted to the locker room he was cleared to return to the game.

    Advice: Per the TV broadcast, Pierce parlayed the situation into an early shower and a head start on Friday night's activities. If you ever see him writhing around in pain, chances are he's going to emerge from the locker room and lay the hammer down.
    Friday, 6:03 pm
  • Eric Gordon (back spasms) returns to practice
    Eric Gordon (back spasms) returned to practice on Friday, but he remains questionable for Monday's preseason game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Coach Monty Williams said that Gordon's status for Monday's preseason game won't be determined until Sunday at the earliest after he goes through a full scrimmage. Gordon began to experience back spasms after logging 26 minutes in Tuesday's preseason game against the Rockets, saying: "I really started to spasm up a little bit after waking up [Wednesday]. It just got a little tight, nothing serious. I’ll be fine." Gordon is about as injury prone as they come, so he's not worth much more than a late-round selection come draft day.
    Friday, 4:04 pm
  • Anthony Morrow (ankle) could start on Friday
    Anthony Morrow (ankle) went through some light pregame work, and could draw the start at small forward for Friday's preseason game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: It's not yet been determined who will start once the regular season begin, but Morrow figures to be either the team’s starting small forward, or their sixth man. Either way, Morrow offers enough upside to be worthy of a late-round selection for owners seeking some 3-point shooting.
    Friday, 3:47 pm
  • Paul Pierce will play on Friday vs. Hornets
    Paul Pierce will suit up for Friday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Pierce was rested during Wednesday's exhibition, but he'll make a return to the lineup on Friday. Pierce's ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet make him a viable option, and he figures to be a value pick late in drafts.
    Friday, 3:26 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins will play on Saturday
    DeMarcus Cousins has been dealing with some Achilles tendinitis, but he will play in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: The fact that DeMarcus will be playing in a meaningless preseason game tells us this Achilles tendinitis will be a non-issue moving forward. Boogie was superb last season with the Kings, averaging career-highs across the board in points (22.7), rebounds (11.7), assists (2.9), and blocks (1.3). With zero competition for minutes, and him again set to be the focal point of the Kings' offense, Cousins makes for an excellent selection towards the end of the first round in standard leagues.
    Friday, 1:43 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) hopeful to play Sunday
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is hopeful that he'll be able to suit up for Sunday's preseason game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: The Lakers could certainly use him back, as they've been running with Ronnie Price as their starting point guard with both Lin and Steve Nash (back) on the sidelines. While Lin may not enter the season as the team's starting point guard, he still makes for an intriguing late-round selection with some upside, as there's basically no way Nash makes it through a full season. Lin should be able to offer some assists, steals, and 3-pointers to a fantasy squad, while hitting free throws at an efficient rate.
    Friday, 12:54 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) will not play Friday
    Nick Collison (ankle) will not play in Friday's exhibition game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Collison's injury isn't serious, but he's also not a viable fantasy option in any fantasy leagues. Feel free to ignore the 10-year veteran come draft day.
    Friday, 11:58 am
  • Celtics trade Joel Anthony for Will Bynum
    The Celtics have acquired Will Bynum (hamstring) in exchange for Joel Anthony in a trade on Friday.

    Advice: He was going to compete with D.J. Augustin for the backup point guard, but with rookie Spencer Dinwiddie already getting some 5-on-5 reps in, the Pistons aren't going to need Bynum nearly as much. He's likely just going to provide depth for the Celtics as a backup. Of course, the Celtics may end up waiving him and save $900K to get under the tax line this season.
    Friday, 6:54 am
  • James Harden (hip) practices on Thursday
    James Harden (hip) participated in Rockets practice on Thursday.

    Advice: This is good news for the Rockets as a sore hip has kept their leading scorer out of action for the past few days. Harden never seemed to be in any danger of missing time during the regular season and should be a first-round pick in fantasy drafts.
    Thursday, 1:59 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) out Thursday vs Jazz
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) will sit out the Lakers' preseason game against the Jazz on Thursday.

    Advice: Lin started some light running, and is targeting Sunday for a return to action on the court. Resting his ankle may become an even bigger priority for the Lakers now that Steve Nash's health is already a major concern. His fantasy value jumps dramatically if he indeed takes over starting duties.
    Thursday, 1:14 pm
  • Russell Westbrook getting Thursday night off
    Russell Westbrook (rest) will not play against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: He's going to be a huge part of the OKC offense and will play on Friday night. Westbrook only played about 10 percent of his playing time without Kevin Durant, so he'll have to adapt to a new role. If he can stay healthy, he'll have a chance to put up huge numbers.
    Thursday, 10:33 am
  • Eric Gordon (back spasms) doubtful on Thurs.
    Eric Gordon (back spasms) is doubtful to play on Thursday against the Thunder due to his back tightening up after Tuesday's game.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious, but there really haven't been many minor Eric Gordon injuries. He's battled countless knee injuries and he's coming off a knee surgery over the summer, so this is just another reason to target someone else in fantasy drafts. Austin Rivers will get some more run tonight.
    Thursday, 9:19 am
  • Brandon Bass becoming afterthought
    Brandon Bass, who has started at PF for the Celtics over the last few seasons, had just three points and one rebound in 16 minutes Wednesday.

    Advice: He hit just 1-of-6 shots and the Celtics are high on Jared Sullinger, who is the new starting PF for Boston. Forget about Bass this season.
    Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Glen Rice has right ankle in walking boot
    Glen Rice was in a walking boot to protect his sprained right ankle after Wednesday's game and he's expected to miss time with the injury, leaving him questionable for opening night.

    Advice: He doesn't sound likely to play on Thursday and we're wondering who will start at shooting guard for the Wizards. It could be Otto Porter, who is really a forward, while journeyman Rasual Butler will likely get some run while Rice is out. Xavier Silas' name has come up as well, and PG Garrett Temple started there on Saturday. The Wizards are suddenly dangerously thin at shooting guard.
    Wednesday, 8:18 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. leaves w/ sprained right ankle
    Glen Rice Jr. left Wednesday's game with a sprained right ankle.

    Advice: He had 11 points and four rebounds in 11 minutes, and should be considered day-to-day for now. He's got a shot at winning the starting job at shooting guard as long as Bradley Beal is out, but his two-game tryout has not gone well so far.
    Wednesday, 6:06 pm
  • Paul Pierce getting some rest on Wed.
    Paul Pierce will be rested against Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is not injured and tonight will allow the younger guys to get more minutes. Pierce will see minutes in the mid-20s this year, but he could still put up mid-round value while he's active.
    Wednesday, 2:37 pm
  • Jeremy Lin does some light running
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) did some light running at practice on Wednesday and hopes to return to game action on Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting closer to a return and he should have plenty of minutes on his plate. Lin will be asked to drive a lot and it should help him facilitate the offense. Fantasy owners will probably have to reach a round or two in order to pick him up, but it looks like it could be worth it.
    Wednesday, 1:50 pm
  • Pau Gasol back at practice on Wednesday
    Pau Gasol (back) returned to practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau doesn't sound concerned and he just needed some rest on Tuesday. Gasol has played very well so far with the Bulls and he tends to slide in fantasy drafts. If some of your favorite mid-round targets went earlier than you thought, Gasol isn't a bad backup plan.
    Wednesday, 12:19 pm
  • Anthony Morrow dealing with a sore ankle
    Anthony Morrow will not practice on Wednesday due to a sore ankle and he will not play on Thursday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and he's not in jeopardy of missing regular season action. Morrow will have a chance to contribute more on offense with Kevin Durant (foot) out, so he's worth a look late for fantasy teams needing 3-pointers. Perry Jones and Andre Roberson will get a lot of run on Thursday and could really help themselves with a big game.
    Wednesday, 11:07 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins rested w/ Achilles soreness
    DeMarcus Cousins sat out Wednesday's game due to "bilateral Achilles soreness," but the injury is not considered serious.

    Advice: This was really just a maintenance day for Cousins before the Kings' long flight home from Beijing, where they played the Nets in a preseason exhibition. Achilles injuries are typically a red flag but unless another report emerges this shouldn't impact DMC's season outlook.
    Wednesday, 10:44 am
  • Gary Neal scores team-high 20 pts off bench
    Gary Neal scored a team-high 20 points for the Hornets on Wednesday, hitting 5-of-9 FGs and 10-of-10 FTs in support of starters Brian Roberts and Lance Stephenson.

    Advice: Kemba Walker (knee) wasn't available and the Hornets' offense fell to pieces without him. They scored 84 points on just 34.1 percent shooting, including a paltry 3-of-22 mark from downtown. They'll look to bounce back during Friday's road game in Washington D.C.
    Wednesday, 10:31 am
  • Jeremy Lin now looking like starting PG
    Jeremy Lin is now looking like the starting point guard for the Lakers, especially given the fact Steve Nash is already sidelined again with a "sciatica problem."

    Advice: Nash is dealing with serious nerve-related pain and it's unclear how much he'll be able to play this season. Expect to see Lin out there on opening night and we doubt he gives up the starting point guard job as long as he can stay healthy.
    Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Anthony Morrow wakes up in win over MEM
    Anthony Morrow came off the bench to hit 5-of-6 shots and three 3-pointers on Tuesday, finishing with 19 points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal.

    Advice: He looks like the sixth man for the Thunder, but can also play small forward and could see a ton of minutes now that Kevin Durant has been shut down for a couple months with a broken foot. He's also a possibility to overtake Andre Roberson as the starting shooting guard, although that's probably not likely. We liked Morrow as a source of threes late in drafts, but he now has the potential to vie for the Sixth Man of the Year Award with the Durant news.
    Tuesday, 10:05 pm
  • Russell Westbrook double-doubles
    Russell Westbrook hit 6-of-10 shots for 14 points, three rebounds, 12 assists and seven turnovers in Tuesday's preseason win.

    Advice: Westbrook is going to be a beast as long as he can stay healthy, and many of tonight's TOs weren't his fault, as his teammates must have eaten some buttered popcorn prior to the game. He's still going to be a turnover machine, but most high-volume scorers are. Westbrook looks like a Top 5 pick with Kevin Durant expected to miss a couple months of action with a broken foot.
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Eric Gordon looks good in another start
    Eric Gordon started at shooting guard and hit 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, three rebounds, four assists and a block in 26 minutes Tuesday.

    Advice: With Tyreke Evans currently on the shelf, EJ looks like a sure bet to start on opening night. And if he can stay healthy and productive, he should keep the job all season.
    Tuesday, 9:44 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) may start ahead of Nash
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) did not practice on Tuesday, but coach Byron Scott confirmed that he may start at PG ahead of Steve Nash this season.

    Advice: With Nash already battling nerve-related pain, the decision could be made for Scott before opening night. Lin would inject some much-needed penetration into L.A.'s lineup, and he's worth a late-round pick for anyone in need of a competent PG. On a per-36-minute basis last year, he averaged 15.6 points, 1.4 triples, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals.
    Tuesday, 1:23 pm
  • Pau Gasol sits out w/ minor back soreness
    Pau Gasol, who had nine points and four blocks in 24 minutes of action on Monday, sat out Tuesday's practice due to minor back soreness.

    Advice: His absence was purely precautionary, and he looks like a great fit in Chicago's frontcourt even if his minutes do take a hit -- it's still open for debate whether he'll be on the court down the stretch in the fourth quarter, as Tom Thibodeau prefers the defensive pairing of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. With an ADP of 60.9 in 9-cat leagues, Gasol should be a solid draft-day value.
    Tuesday, 12:27 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie hoping to play in preseason
    Spencer Dindwiddie (knee) is aiming to play in Detroit's final preseason game on October 23.

    Advice: Dinwiddie played full-speed 5-on-5 for the first time on Tuesday and looks to be close to a return from ACL surgery. Despite Jodie Meeks' recent injury, Dinwiddie's fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues as he'll have to fight for a spot in the Pistons' crowded backcourt rotation.
    Tuesday, 10:50 am
  • Gasol blocks four shots in Monday's game
    Pau Gasol had another nice night in 24 minutes of action on Monday against the Nuggets, blocking four shots to go with nine points and four rebounds in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Gasol is playing like a re-energized man after leaving the toxic situation in L.A., and though his minutes will be limited in a crowded rotation it's probably a good thing for his health. Don't go crazy here, but he's looking like a solid mid-round pick in standard leagues.
    Monday, 9:38 pm
  • Westbrook: 'I can't win games by myself'
    Russell Westbrook wants OKC to come together as a team in wake of Kevin Durant's (foot) injury.

    Advice: "It's not about me. It's about our team. I can't win games by myself. I can't do anything by myself," Westbrook said Monday. "I kind of want to take the attention off me and put it more on the team. Everybody keeps asking what I'm going to do and how I'm going to change. I think it's more about our team and what we can do." Westbrook is going to be asked to do a lot for the Thunder sans Durant, and he has the potential to lead the league in scoring while Durant is on the sidelines. Russell will be putting up some monster lines to start the 2014-15 season, and he's well worth a selection in the first round.
    Oct 13, 4:05 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) game-time decision Thurs.
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) did not practice on Monday, and will be a game-time decision for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Byron Scott said that Lin has a 50-50 chance of suiting up, so this injury doesn't sound very serious. Steve Nash is currently penciled in as the starter, but it's extremely unlikely he can make it through a full 82-game season, and once Nash goes down Lin will get all the minutes he can handle. Lin has some decent upside, and makes for a solid late-round target.
    Oct 13, 12:59 pm
  • James Harden (hip) out Tuesday vs. Pelicans
    James Harden (hip) will not suit up for Tuesday's exhibition vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, but there's no reason to risk anything during the preseason, so he's not going to play. Harden averaged 25.4 points, 6.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 three-pointers, 3.6 turnovers, and 1.6 steals on 45.6 percent shooting from the field last season with the Rockets, and those numbers are worthy of a top-5 selection in any format.
    Oct 13, 12:41 pm
  • James Harden (hip) to sit out on Monday night
    James Harden (hip) will not play against the Suns on Monday.

    Advice: It sounds a lot like the hip injury Dirk Nowitzki just got over and Harden would probably be playing in a regular season game. He just has a bruise and he should be ready for game action by the end of next week. Harden is going to do a heck of of a lot for an up-tempo offense, so he should be off the board in the first five picks in standard drafts. Troy Daniels and Nick Johnson will get a little extra burn tonight.
    Oct 13, 9:06 am
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) out for two games
    Gerald Wallace (knee) will miss the next two games due to a knee injury.

    Advice: It's just a bone bruise and there doesn't appear to be anything wrong structurally. Wallace had knee surgery on his torn meniscus last season and he'll probably need some maintenance days throughout the year. He's not worth drafting in most fantasy leagues.
    Oct 13, 8:44 am
  • Glen Rice Jr. cools off vs. Detroit
    Glen Rice Jr. made 1-of-6 from the field for two points against the Pistons on Sunday, adding just one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He started in place of Bradley Beal (wrist) and is probably the favorite to do so in the regular season. This is obviously not the start Rice wanted, but he had an awesome summer as the Las Vegas Summer League MVP. The key to Rice's success will be 3-pointers and defense, so he does offer alluring upside late in drafts. Hopefully, he'll be better next time out.
    Oct 13, 6:42 am
  • Jeremy Tyler (hamstring) looks fine Sunday
    Jeremy Tyler had six points, five rebounds and one block in 11 bench minutes vs. Golden State on Sunday, showing no signs of a recent hip injury.

    Advice: There was a speculative report that he tweaked his hammy during Thursday's practice, but it doesn't appear to be a concern. Tyler slots into a backup center role, and the presence of Ed Davis and Robert Sacre could cause him to be waived before the regular season.
    Oct 12, 9:20 pm
  • Jamal Crawford hits six 3s, scores 23 points
    Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 23 points, six 3-pointers, three rebounds and one assist off the bench on Sunday.

    Advice: J-Craw finished an efficient 8-of-13 from the field and even created one of his patented 4-point plays in the second half. The perennial Sixth-Man candidate is a reliable source of scoring and triples, as well as stellar FT percentages (86.6 percent last year) and lousy FG percentages (41.1 percent).
    Oct 12, 9:01 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) could return Thursday
    Jeremy Lin (sprained ankle) will not play in Sunday's exhibition.

    Advice: Byron Scott said that Lin could return Thursday vs. the Jazz, so it doesn't sound like a serious sprain that would jeopardize his status for L.A.'s season opener. Steve Nash has looked good throughout the preseason, but that shouldn't dissuade owners from drafting Lin in the late rounds.
    Oct 12, 5:27 pm
  • James Harden rests bruised hip on Sunday
    James Harden rested his bruised hip during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: It wouldn't be surprising to see him skip Monday's exhibition as a precaution, but the injury is not a significant concern. Harden takes a ton of contact on a game-by-game basis, but he's averaged only 4.6 DNPs during his five-year career.
    Oct 12, 1:33 pm
  • Will Bynum (hamstring) out Sunday vs. Wizards
    Will Bynum (hamstring) will not play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Will Bynum is targeting a return for Friday's game vs. Orlando. Bynum will enter the 2014-15 season as the team's third-string point guard behind Brandon Jennings and D.J. Augustin, and he's not someone that should be targeted in most leagues.
    Oct 12, 9:19 am
  • Anthony Morrow now likely OKC's sixth man
    Anthony Morrow will now likely be OKC's sixth man with news of Kevin Durant's injury.

    Advice: Morrow has played well off the bench for OKC so far this preseason, and with Reggie Jackson a sure bet to enter the starting unit, Morrow will likely take on the role of the team's sixth man. He doesn't do much aside from drain 3-pointers, but during the month of April last season Morrow averaged 15.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 three-pointers over 30 minutes of action. With an increased role in OKC, Morrow looks like a decent late-round selection in standard leagues.
    Oct 12, 8:43 am
  • Russell Westbrook set to carry OKC's offense
    With news that Kevin Durant will be sidelined a minimum of 6-8 weeks, Russell Westbrook is primed for a monster start to the season.

    Advice: Westbrook's usage rate with Kevin Durant on the bench last year was 44.6, so while the turnovers might border on ridiculous, he's going to be huge to start the 2014-15 season. You can go ahead and slide Westbrook up on your draft boards, as he'll be worthy of a top-8 selection in 8-cat leagues.
    Oct 12, 8:20 am
  • Brandon Rush says knee is feeling pretty good
    Brandon Rush stated during a recent interview that his knee is feeling "pretty good."

    Advice: "It’s feeling pretty good, no swelling, no soreness. Everything feels pretty good," said Rush. Rush is a solid defender, and a terrific shooter from beyond the arc, however he's not likely to average enough minutes for standard league consideration. Feel free to ignore Rush come draft day.
    Oct 12, 7:23 am
  • Pau Gasol boarding, blocking shots for Bulls
    Pau Gasol went off for 20 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and three more blocks in Saturday's win over the Bucks.

    Advice: It looks like Gasol will spend a ton of time in the paint for the Bulls and has been designated as the team's rim protector. He's blocked eight shots and grabbed 29 rebounds in three preseason games, yet wasn't taken until the 59th pick in a recent expert mock draft we participated in. Don't sleep on Gasol. If he stays healthy, he's going to do big things for the Bulls.
    Oct 11, 8:36 pm
  • Amir Johnson puts up a nice line in 25 mins.
    Amir Johnson played 25 minutes against the Celtics on Friday, making 5-of-9 from the field for 13 points with eight rebounds, one assist and no turnovers.

    Advice: His ankle injury limited him for basically the entire second half and the playoffs, so he had some advanced scanning on it to make sure everything is fine. Johnson won't be the popular sleeper than Jonas Valanciunas is, but he's still worthy of a late-round pick.
    Oct 11, 10:00 am
  • Anthony Morrow excels off the bench
    Anthony Morrow shot the ball very well off the bench on Friday, scoring 21 points with one block, one turnover and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: If the Thunder can get this kind of line out of Morrow, they're going to be very happy. It's still unclear what they're going to do with their sharp-shooting swingman, so it'll be hard to draft him in most formats.
    Oct 10, 9:26 pm
  • Gary Neal steps it up sans Lance
    Gary Neal was superb in the starting lineup against the Wizards on Friday with 19 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Lance Stephenson (toe) doesn't have a serious injury and should be back in the lineup soon. Neal will likely need Stephenson to remain out of the lineup to be relevant in fantasy hoops this season.
    Oct 10, 7:27 pm
  • Gary Neal listed as starter vs. Wizards
    Gary Neal will start in place of Lance Stephenson (toe) for Friday's preseason game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Lance is out with a cut to his small toe, clearing the way for Neal to get the start. Neal will provide some solid outside shooting off the bench for the Hornets this season, but his inability to contribute in other statistical categories makes him an unappealing option in most leagues.
    Oct 10, 3:05 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) plays some 4-on-4
    Spencer Dinwiddie (knee surgery) did some full-speed 4-on-4 work during Friday's practice.

    Advice: Dinwiddie is recovering from ACL surgery, but he has received a lot of praise from head coach Stan Van Gundy. However, he's going to have to fight to earn minutes in a very crowded Pistons' backcourt, and he's not someone to target in standard leagues.
    Oct 10, 2:31 pm
  • Will Bynum (hamstring) practices on Friday
    Will Bynum (hamstring) went through Friday's practice.

    Advice: Bynum will be the team's third-string point guard behind Brandon Jennings and D.J. Augustin, and he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues.
    Oct 10, 2:26 pm
  • Kris Humphries (hand) out 3-4 weeks
    Kris Humphries (hand) had surgery on Thursday to repair nerve damage in his right pinkie finger, and is expected to be out for 3-4 weeks.

    Advice: That means that Drew Gooden, DeJuan Blair, and Kevin Seraphin will all see some extended run backing up the power forward and center positions for the Wizards, however none of these guys makes for a very enticing fantasy play.
    Oct 10, 12:08 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins feels like he's 45 years old
    DeMarcus Cousins said he feels like he's "about 45 years old" because of all the travel this summer.

    Advice: He traveled a ton during FIBA and the Kings are in China for the NBA Global Games. Cousins will probably get some rest once he's back in the stats because of these comments, but there's no reason to think it will hurt his production in the regular season.
    Oct 10, 7:12 am
  • James Harden scores 21 points on 12 FGAs
    James Harden scored an efficient 21 points on 6-of-12 from the field during a 113-93 win over the Grizzlies on Thursday, adding two rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Rockets aren't as deep as they were last year and losing Jeremy Lin will give Harden more ball-handling responsibilities. He was the best player in fantasy basketball after the break and should be off the board in the top five in standard leagues.
    Oct 9, 8:34 pm
  • Westbrook, Durant sit out second half vs. DEN
    Russell Westbrook scored four points with three rebounds, three assists and four steals in just 13 minutes of action on Wednesday.

    Advice: Thunder coach Scott Brooks played it safe with Westbrook and Kevin Durant (11 points in 12 minutes), neither of whom played in the second half. Westbrook's three knee surgeries add some risk to his late-first-round valuation but it's hard to bet against him when he missed zero games in 394 regular season games prior to the 2013 playoffs.
    Oct 8, 10:03 pm
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